Monday was a feel-good day for the Diamondbacks organization

Monday was a feel-good day for the Diamondbacks organization, with only a loss by the Dominican League D-backs Omri Casspi Jersey keeping the organization from a top-to-bottom sweep of eight. As it was, a 7 ledger isn’t bad. It started with a 4 victory for the big guys over Gerrit and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also the win column were Triple-A Reno, Visalia, Hillsboro, Missoula and the Arizona Rookie League D-backs. Mobile and Kane County had the night off. This type of success doesn’t come out of the blue. Visalia and Hillsboro both rank at the top of their league’s overall standings, with Kane County and Missoula striking distance of the best record their leagues. RENO: Aaron continues to pitch well for the Aces, improving his record at Reno to 6 with six strong innings a 3 victory over Colorado Springs the first game of a double-header sweep on Monday night. gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out four. He’s now 12 with a 2 over two levels. Catcher Laird drove Oscar Robertson Jersey two runs and is now hitting.444 on his rehab assignment. — the second game, a 7 Aces’ victory, had four hits and Romak, just back from two weeks with the big club, had two hits, including his 23rd home run, and pushed his RBI total to 90, second best the PCL. Pacheco also had a home run among his two hits. VISALIA: The Rawhide erupted for 23 hits on Monday to eke out a 13 victory over 10 innings. a bit of a statistical oddity, the 23 hits consisted of 22 singles and one extra-base hit — a home run by Gerson Montilla. A pair of Arizona products led the way, as Kevin Cron had five hits and drove two runs, giving him 90 on the year, and Westbrook had four hits and reached base six times seven plate appearances. Infielder Gosselin, acquired the Bronson Arroyo-Touki Toussaint trade, went 2 for 5 the fifth game of his rehab stint. Gosselin was playing his first game for Visalia after four with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League team. –Cron hit his league-leading 24th home run a 7 loss to Stockton on Sunday, and teammate Palka belted his 22nd. Palka also has 21 stolen bases and 33 doubles 430 at-bats. KANE COUNTY: -Chieh Huang pitched five hitless innings on Saturday a 3 victory over Lansing. Huang walked two, struck out three and improved his record to 7 with a 2. Zac Curtis pitched the ninth, retiring all three batters he faced for his club-record 27th save. Curtis, a sixth-round draft pick out of Middle Tennessee State 2014, has been dominant his two years as professional. At 5-feet-9, the organization felt he was better suited for a relief role, and he’s responded with two dominant seasons. He had 14 saves, a 1 and 42 strikeouts 27 innings last for Hillsboro and has followed that up with a 1 and 65 strikeouts 46 innings for Kane County. HILLSBORO: No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson continues to acclimate himself to pro ball with the Hops. four, he’s 3 for 17, with all three of the hits going for extra-bases.

The right-handed-hitting, 26, saw action in 64 games over the last two seasons. He hit.182 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 138 plate appearances in what has been a crowded Rockies outfield picture. After a strong Spring Training didn’t get him an Opening Day roster spot, spent most of last at Triple-A Albuquerque. He overcame a slow start to hit.280 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs in 93 games. He was called up on June 9 and optioned back the next day, then recalled Aug. 1 and kept for the rest of the. The Rockies selected out of Clemson with the 26th overall pick in 2010. also was the starting quarterback on the Clemson football team. He stayed in football through the 2010 and played through a rib injury before becoming a full-time baseball player. Parra’s three-year, $27 million contract Tuesday.

Cardinals manager La Russa recently wondered whether his 2005 team is feared the way the thundering

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals manager La Russa recently wondered whether his 2005 team is feared the way the thundering, dominating ’04 Cards were. On Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, his club showed that maybe it should be. Announcing its postseason presence with authority, St. Louis thumped San, 8, the opener of a National League Gigi Datome Jersey Division Series for the two teams. The Cardinals scored with balls and bloop hits. They got outstanding start. They played defense. short, they looked like a 100-win team matched up against 82-win team. Leading the charge was Sanders, who broke open the game and the record book with a fifth-inning grand slam off Padres ace Jake Peavy. It was the third grand slam Cardinals postseason history, and the sixth Division Series play since the current format began 1995. Sanders also chipped a two-run single, giving him six RBIs to set a Cardinals record and NLDS. Edmonds added his 11th career postseason home run, and Chris Carpenter twirled six shutout innings before he was pulled due to cramping his pitching hand.

There was a downside — a outing for a Cardinals Isaiah Thomas Jersey bullpen that was a question entering the postseason. Four relievers pitched, and each was charged with at least one run. the postseason, though, the only thing that matters is the final score. Up 1 with issues is much better than down 0 with smooth sailing. We’d obviously like to give up less runs, but I think the run it be nice that everybody got the game today, said Edmonds. I’m sure we’d like to pitch a little better and maybe keep scoring runs, but we had a solid game, a lot of guys got the game and we got a couple of breaks against one of the top pitchers the National League. Sanders hammered a 3 pitch from Peavy high and deep to left field, turning a 4 game into 8 rout and chasing the National League’s strikeout leader. The Cardinals had loaded the bases on infield hit, a line-drive single and a walk before Sanders came to the plate. With Peavy struggling to hit his spots, La Russa elected to let Sanders swing away, and the decision worked out beautifully. gave me the green light, so it was one of those deals where, if I wanted it, I had the opportunity to swing, said Sanders. is one of those guys that goes past the norm. that situation, he understood that was not locating the ball.

But he also knew that situation, bases loaded, that he’s got to throw a strike. So take a hack and let’s what happens. Edmonds also went deep, putting the Cardinals ahead the first. The slugging center fielder lofted 0 fastball from Peavy 382 feet into the visitors bullpen left field for the 11th postseason home run of his career. Edmonds’ seven career homers Division Series play rank second among National League players, behind only Atlanta’s Chipper Jones. Chris Carpenter pitched six shutout innings for the Cardinals his playoff debut before being pulled due to cramping his pitching hand. Carpenter frequently worked out of trouble the early innings, inducing three double plays, before rolling through a hitless fourth, fifth and sixth. It was Carpenter’s best start more than three weeks, answering what had been one of the biggest questions about the Cardinals. The right-hander was unbeatable from until early, but looked less sharp his final four starts. I thought early on I got away with a couple pitches, but we made some nice defensive plays, Carpenter said. I felt like after the second, I started to settle down and get the ball down the strike zone and make the quality pitches I had to make. And again, we had three key double plays that stopped some rallies. Carpenter escaped from a bizarre jam the second. Sweeney reached on a leadoff infield single, although replays indicated that Albert Pujols beat him to the bag. Hernandez followed with a line drive that David Eckstein simply didn’t catch, and the error left Carpenter with two on and no outs. But Khalil Greene flied out to center, and Carpenter induced a double play from -killer Joe. St. Louis turned double plays to end the next two innings, including a key 5 twin killing the third with No. 3 hitter Loretta at the plate, two men on base and the dangerous Giles on deck. Loretta worked a nine-pitch at-bat before smoking a bouncer right at Nunez at third. Nunez stepped on the base and unloaded to first base time, thwarting danger. That was a battle between me and Loretta, and he comes up and hits the ball hard, said Carpenter. But it was right at Nunie, and he made a great play. Sanders’ two-run single capped a dink-and-dunk rally the third. The Cards put runners on second and third with a soft single by Eckstein and Edmonds bloop double. After Pujols was walked intentionally, a wild pitch scored Eckstein. Peavy fell behind 3 before walking him intentionally, and Sanders singled off the end of the bat — and off first baseman Sweeney’s glove — to make it 4.

I still think there’s a the Cup could end up Hockeytown

Blaster run Bartertown. This we know. But thanks to a Sports Illustrated article December that stole Detroit’s Burger crown and handed it to St., Minnesota, the question of who really run Hockeytown, USA is a little hazier. The Red Wings and Wild went to overtime last night. Two teams enter, one team George Johnson Jersey leaves! Break a deal, face the Winged Wheel! Who would control both the Western Conference and Turner’s pig ? That would be the Wings. Cleary got a little lucky and beat Niklas Backstrom with 1 remaining the third and then assisted on Lebda’s overtime goal for the 3 win ‘s home state. But if this were a Presidential primary, Minnesota would get the delegates, outplaying Detroit for two periods while Dominik Hasek kept the Octopussies the game. No one’s catching Detroit – they’re going to have more points than some of the Pistons by the end of the – but a President’s Trophy has promised them equal parts of jack and squat the playoffs. The Wings’ Postseason Scared Shitless List, ascending order: The No. 8 seed, as a goalie like Bryzgalov can go Arturs Irbe on that ass; The Wild, who were missing some key players last night and still took it to Detroit for 40 minutes; and the Ducks, who snapped a six-game streak after getting Selanne back last night against the Islanders and will be a fully armed and operational battle station when Sammy Pahlsson arrives.

I still think there’s a Gerald McCoy Jersey the Cup could end up Hockeytown, USA this. Depending on where you believe that is. I’m pretty sure it’s not Newark. At least that’s what Melrose was screaming when I lifted his money clip the other night. Strange Things Are Afoot C-Bus. Last night’s Capitals Blue Jackets game ranked fairly high on my weird–o-meter. Pascal Leclaire suffered a bruised neck and will at least the next two after colliding with a Cap and a Jacket. Nash scored a short-handed goal on a 5-on-3 kill. Ovechkin scored the game-winner OT, 4, to continue to lead the NHL scoring; more impressively, he leads the all-important James Mirtle MVP voting. But the most bizarre moment of the game was on Nash’s second goal, when referee Bill McCreary set a perfect pick on defenseman Shaone Morrisonn at the top of the offensive zone. It almost looked like a premeditated tackle; I half-expected to see him patting -Mo down for an assassin’s gun while someone the stands yelled out, Hey… it’s Enrico Palazzo! Toronto Snarky Depression Update. prison-raped the Leafs last night, 8, Toronto. And by prison raped, I mean anally violated a frightened submissive with a broken spirit as the inmates banged on their cell doors encouragement.

At least the Panthers finally got to hear the sound of a sellout crowd cheering for them. Here’s what the self-loathing Leafs media and fans are saying after this embarrassment: For the of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team. Put it down, out if its misery. And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or -sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool. – Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto, who also referred to as the Pussy Panthers. One interesting note was that it was the 82nd game of Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo’s NHL career. That is the length of one regular, but because of injuries, Colaiacovo, 25, is his fifth NHL. – Globe & Mail With scouts from 14 NHL clubs watching, the Leafs did not play for their coach. And remember, this was against a Panthers team that had just two more points than Toronto, and dressed people such as David Brine, Tanner Glass and Kamil Kreps. Most households could not name them. – Toronto Sun I think the players should boo the fans for showing up. – ItsGameTime,. Puck Headlines Another quarterfinal the KB best hockey hit of all-time tournament.

It’s Dion Phaneuf on Hamel vs. a hit that I have to confess I had never seen before: Pavel Bure shredding Shane Churla like he was Kournikova’s panties. You’re thrilled that your team beats the Hurricanes, but you aren’t allowed to leave the arena because of a tornado. Welcome to Mooseport… Finally, some great youth hockey fight commentary from what I’m sure is a wonderful mom who just happens to sound like Essman.

Green Bay had a handful of players injured

Green Bay had a handful of players injured, with the most worrisome rookie defensive tackle B.J. Raji _ the No. 9 draft pick overall _ who injured his ankle. Broncos 19, Cardinals 0 At , rookie quarterback Orlando Cepeda Jersey Brandstater completed 16 of 30 passes for 187 yards, and led the Broncos to scores on four of their first five possessions. The Broncos avoided their first winless preseason since the first year of their existence 1960. Defending NFC champion Arizona finished 0.

Dolphins 10, Saints 7 At New Orleans, Cobbs rushed for 54 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown run, and Miami had eight sacks and interception to complete exhibition play 4. Harper returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown the fourth quarter for the Saints, his second punt return for a score this preseason.

Rams 17, Chiefs 9 At St. , Butler returned interception 28 yards for the go-ahead score late the third quarter, and the Rams forced three turnovers. Kansas City had just two offensive touchdowns its 0 preseason. Lions 17, Bills 6 At Orchard Park, N.Y., scored on a 79-yard touchdown run the fourth quarter to lead the Lions. Ravens 20, Falcons 3 At Atlanta, Beck was 16 of 28 for 232 yards and two touchdowns for Baltimore.

The No. 16 Albertus Magnus men’s basketball team won Pablo Sandoval Jersey its ninth-straight game with 87 victory over No. 13 SUNY-Purchase on Monday night front of a tremendous home crowd to improve to 15 on the year and to hand the Panthers their first loss of the . Albertus finished the night 45% from the floor and 12-of-31 from behind the arc one of its biggest wins program history. Darius Watson led the Falcons with 32 points for his third game with 30 or more points this , including his second-straight. He shot 10-of-23 from the floor and 7-of-13 from behind the arc. He added eight rebounds 40 minutes of work.

Purchase’s Nixon led all scorers with 38 points. He added four steals, seven rebounds and a 15-of-17 showing from the stripe. David Haughton added a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Neri also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards. The Panthers finished the game shooting 35% from the field.

Kirk Cousins’ slow start makes Redskins look prudent

The Washington Redskins’ actions this offseason made it clear what they thought of quarterback Kirk Cousins. They needed to see more before they’d fork over large — or larger — amounts of cash.

Two games does not a season make, but through these opening weeks, the Redskins look smart for waiting. That’s not to say Cousins won’t turn it around; he’s struggling, but he played much better last season, so he’s capable of more. After seven games last season, Cousins had thrown only six touchdowns to eight interceptions. He had bad games in there, where he missed open targets or threw costly interceptions. He finished with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. That’s what you call a turnaround.

Cousins was inaccurate in games last season as well — the first Giants game; at Atlanta — though it decreased as the year unfolded. So he’s capable of hitting these open shots; the hope for Washington stems in part from the fact that guys are open. Sunday, the Redskins scored 23 points despite all their problems. A couple better throws and decisions would have easily put them above 30.

Earlier this month, it was unclear when Graham would get on the field. He was coming off a ruptured patellar tendon injury and did not play at all in the preseason.

But now Graham is playing starter-level snaps and could see a bigger role offensively in upcoming weeks, depending on the injuries to wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and Tyler Lockett (knee).

He’s still working his way back, but the first couple weeks have been encouraging for Graham, and he looks like he’ll continue to be more involved in the offense as the weeks go on.

Asked if a change at quarterback would ultimately be dictated more by Keenum’s play or Goff’s practices, Fisher said: “It will be based on a lot of different things. When he’s under center, you’ll know.”

McCluster will join a San Diego running backs group that includes Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams and fullback Derek Watt.

The Titans released McCluster, 28, before the season in the cut-down to the 53-man roster limit.

He signed a three-year contract with the Titans in 2014 following the best season of his career in 2013, when he was a Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Chiefs.

In 2013, McCluster led the NFL in punt return touchdowns (2), punt returns (58) and punt-return yardage (686).

Jaguars CB Prince Amukamara re-enacts ‘Lion King’ scene to introduce his son

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Prince Amukamara and his wife recently had their first son and the Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback made a dramatic — and symbolic — birth announcement on Labor Day.

The contract extension is through the 2019 season.

In an Instagram post, Sanders said he was “honored” to announce that he would be remaining with the Broncos past this season.

“Emmanuel has proven himself as a great player and one of the most productive receivers in this league,” Elway said in a statement. “He plays with intensity, and we love the way he competes. We’re thrilled Emmanuel is going to be a Bronco for many more years to come.”

Sanders, 29, is in the third year of a three-year, $15 million contract he signed in 2014.

He has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos and was named to his only career Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with 101 catches for 1,404 yards. He had 76 receptions for 1,135 yards last season.

Bluetooth-powered stereo system that filters into each workout station.

“We’ve been very blessed to get everything that we got in here,” Giemont said.

So that’s what we are dealing with here. To be a bold prediction, it has to be, in fact, bold. Saying I think Aaron Rodgers is going to have a great year is not bold, it is in fact likely to happen based on his talent and previous production. A bold prediction would be to say Rodgers finishes outside the top 15 at QB (he never has been lower than seventh). I’m not saying that, by the way, as Rodgers is my No. 2 QB.

Mularkey is a former tight end and tight ends coach who emphasized that the smashmouth brand of football he wants the Titans playing isn’t all about the run, but all about being physical in everything the team does.

The Titans have historically been a two-tight-end base offense.

In their most recent unofficial death chart, however, they shifted the starting lineup to two running backs.

Final 53-man roster projections for all 32 NFL teams

Will the Broncos part ways with veteran Mark Sanchez and keep just two quarterbacks? What will the Giants do with Victor Cruz? Is former top-10 pick Justin Gilbert on his way out in Cleveland? NFL Nation reporters answer these questions and much more as they take their final crack at projecting the 53-man rosters for all 32 teams.

Click the links after each team’s description to view the full posts.

Arizona Cardinals: Within the past few weeks, Mike Jenkins has made a push at cornerback. There isn’t a clear-cut starting corner opposite of Patrick Peterson.

One saving grace in light of what has been an injury-filled August is fourth-round pick Dak Prescott, who has been one of the breakout players of the 2016 preseason. Among quarterbacks with 25 attempts or more this preseason, Prescott leads the league in passer rating (137.8). He’s third in completion percentage (78.0 percent), fifth in yards per attempt (9.1 yards per throw) and has thrown for five touchdowns without an interception. Toss in two rushing touchdowns and Prescott has arguably been the offensive MVP of the preseason.

Still, the questions for the Cowboys are everywhere.

What have the Cowboys done to put themselves in this situation? Can they work their way out of it? And is their 2016 season doomed before Week 1? I watched Prescott’s preseason tape, ran through some numbers, and found some echoes from bad Cowboys decisions of the past still haunting them years later. Let’s attempt some answers.

Romo is hurt, but Prescott has looked great so far. So should the Cowboys be worried about their offense?

Yes, the Cowboys should be worried. Obviously, there’s no reason to feel worse about things with Prescott playing well; you would much rather have your rookie quarterback look precocious in the preseason than overwhelmed and underprepared. I just don’t know how much Prescott’s preseason performance means and how well he fits in the offense the Cowboys have run over the past few years.

There’s no real history of preseason performance by rookies (or players in new places) having any meaningful value in projecting their immediate NFL futures. I wrote about this very topic in regards to Blake Bortles in 2014 after the then-rookie got off to a sterling start in August. Bortles was a mess during the same regular season. In 2015, Bortles’ preseason performance was worse, and yet, he was a much better quarterback during the regular season. During that same 2015 preseason, Sam Bradford was so incredible during a 15-pass preseason that he turned down a four-year, $72-million contract extension.

Raw rookies can look great in the preseason for a number of reasons. One, they’re often playing against the opposing team’s backups with the second and third strings. Second, the schemes they are running are simplified and nowhere near as complex as the responsibilities they’ll be forced to run when the games count. And even more important, the same is true of the defenses they’re up against: Preseason defenses are less likely to blitz and regarded as far more vanilla than the stuff they’ll show to the opposition during the regular season.

Thanks to Romo’s injuries even before this past week, Prescott has spent some time during this preseason with the Dallas ones. He has exhibited all the tools you would want from a modern quarterback, showing off arm strength, a quick release and the speed to get out of the pocket when things get hairy. You can see why Dallas drafted him despite less-than-impressive efficiency numbers at Mississippi State.

Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley Jr., the eighth overall pick in the 2015 draft, has to elevate his game after a disappointing preseason. Maybe the switch from end to strong-side linebacker has been too much.

Baltimore Ravens: Michael Campanaro gets the nod over rookie sixth-round pick Keenan Reynolds for the slot receiver/returner job.

Buffalo Bills: Undrafted rookie Glenn Gronkowski saw some action with the first team, and coach Rex Ryan did not rule out the possibility of keeping two fullbacks. It’s hard to see the Bills managing that, however.

Carolina Panthers: Why keep a third quarterback when Cam Newton has missed only two starts in five seasons and Derek Anderson is a reliable backup? Simple. Joe Webb can play quarterback, wide receiver and on special teams.

Barkevious Mingo trade adds to Browns’ growing 2017 draft-day pile

The Cleveland Browns received a fifth-round pick in the trade that sent linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots.

They have the same ability to maneuver in the 2016 draft.

When Jimmy Haslam made the most recent front office and coaching staff overhaul, he kept emphasizing he wanted “smart” people. Snickers soon followed when the Browns added Harvard guys.

Smarts, though, do not come from a diploma or place of education. They come from how one’s talents are applied.

This regime has taken an approach to build through the draft. It has committed to it and it has stuck to it. It seems at this early point to have drafted well in 2016.

The Browns will try to win as many games as they can this season, but building this way may take time. The more picks the Browns acquire, and the better they use them, the sooner the turnaround — in theory at least. Looking back and calling traded picks a failure is easy; looking ahead to sort out the plan may matter more.

Trading Mingo to add another pick to the pile was a smart move given the plan in place.

While that doesn’t yet mean that Siemian will be the team’s starter when the Broncos open the season Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers, he will get the last best look with the starters before coach Gary Kubiak makes the call.

“Trevor will start the game this week,” Kubiak said Monday. “They’re all going to play, and the biggest thing I have to take a look at, too, is how I’m going to play our starters as far as how I get the rotation going. … It’s down to the nitty-gritty here. … I’m going to make a decision next week, and we’re going to go to work.”

Kubiak didn’t say whether Mark Sanchez or rookie Paxton Lynch would follow Siemian into the lineup against the Rams on Saturday, but he added he was still considering how long the starters would play in the game. In the past, Broncos starters have played into the third quarter of the third preseason game.

It would be significant if Lynch was the second quarterback into the game against the Rams. It is expected that Kubiak will give the exact order after Siemian later in the week.

Siemian was also getting treatment on his right shoulder Monday after falling hard trying to tackle San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, who returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown this past weekend. That throw, as it turned out, was Siemian’s only mistake, as he finished 10-of-14 for 75 yards and was 10-of-11 passing at one point.

Siemian also led the offense on a 10-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to open the game. His body of work was enough for Kubiak to give Siemian the start.

“I think Trevor did a good job the other night. Obviously he has one play he’d like to have back, or it probably would, it would have, been as good as it could be,” Kubiak said. “So, I’m going to go back and give him a chance to do that again.”

Report: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson moved wedding due to North Carolina law

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will play at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time on Sunday afternoon when the team hosts the San Diego Chargers in their nationally televised third preseason game. But while it’s the first time the $1.1 billion stadium will stage an NFL game for its main tenant, it’s already the fourth major event inside the facility’s walls this month.

The law, enacted earlier this year, requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

The law applies only to bathrooms in government buildings, public schools and public universities. It does not apply to private universities, and private companies are allowed to implement any policy they choose.

Opponents of the law argue the measure limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

If Siemian holds serve and is named the regular-season starter — and if, after Saturday’s game, the Broncos think they’ve seen enough from Lynch to make him the No. 2 quarterback — it’s unclear what it would mean for Sanchez. If he was the No. 3 and remained on the roster he would be the team’s highest-paid quarterback and a game-day inactive.

If the Broncos decide on a Siemian-Lynch depth chart, they could also try to trade Sanchez. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, so a team would only be taking on the last year of his current contract.

“He probably won’t be in there a whole lot, but he’s scheduled to play,” Ryan said. “I think he had a good day today [in practice].”

Watkins has participated in the majority of training camp practices since being taken off the active/physically unable to perform list Aug. 8, although he was held out of both of the Bills’ first two preseason contests.

The third-year receiver underwent foot surgery this offseason that kept him out of organized team activities, mandatory minicamp and the first week of training camp.

While Brady was scheduled to start in the team’s second preseason game Aug. 18 against the Chicago Bears, he sliced his right thumb on a pair of scissors before the game, according to a source, and was held out. After the game, Belichick said, “I made the decision for him not to play tonight.”

With Brady not at practice, it left just Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.

Chiefs activate LB Tamba Hali off PUP list

Six NFL quarterbacks in need of improved accuracy

Because we care only about whether or not the pass was completed with this stat, dropped passes can be accounted for favorably for the quarterback. Once we have the drop-adjusted plus-minus total, it can be divided by the number of passes to get an adjusted rate we denote as C%+.

A quarterback’s C%+ is how many percentage points better or worse than average he was at completing passes.

1. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

C%+: minus-4.4 percent

Kaepernick started off his career in 2012 with a great C%+ (7.3 percent) in a vertical offense, but he has declined every year since. Always more of a “thrower” than a precision passer, last season was especially bad as Kaepernick struggled to locate receivers, let alone deliver accurate passes. The most troubling fact was that his average pass distance dropped to 7.7 yards beyond the line of scrimmage after being in the 9.5-9.8 range in the previous three seasons. So even though his passes were shorter, he was worse at completing them. Now you can start to see why he may be benched (again) for Blaine Gabbert in San Francisco.

Following the Seattle Seahawks’ 17-16 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in Kansas City, Pete Carroll provided some clarity on where the team’s running back situation stands.

Christine Michael rushed seven times for 44 yards (6.3 YPC) on the first two offensive drives. He has had a good camp, and the coaching staff seems to view Michael as a contributor.

“He’s an NFL football player,” Carroll told reporters. “He really has made it clear to us that he’s serious about the work. He’s serious about the consistency. He’s taken great pride in the way he’s brought it day in and day out all throughout the offseason and into camp and all of that. And he’s an explosive, dynamic athlete. So we’re just going to keep going with him.”

Thomas Rawls (ankle) returned to practice last week but did not play in the game. Carroll has not yet decided whether Rawls will see any action in the preseason.

“When Thomas gets back out there, those two guys give you a little one-two punch that we’re excited about,” Carroll said. “And then we’ll see. C.J. [Prosise] is going to come back this week. We’ll see where he fits into it also. I thought Christine did really well. I really liked what he did.”